Top 100 Games of All-Time: #31

Slay the Spire

Release Date: January 23, 2019

Platform Played On: Switch

2018 Placement: Unranked

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What It Is:

A deckbuilding roguelite game composed of three acts, where you climb the Spire and fight a bunch of enemies in your quest to escape. It’s a very simple format that is just perfect in execution. I’m a huge fan of both deckbuilding games and roguelites, and Slay the Spire combining both was almost like a game designed personally for me.

There are twists and turns to the gameplay to keep it fresh – four different characters with completely different playstyles, and then different builds within the playstyles. Every run is changed by relics, potions, and of course your cards that you can acquire. Elite enemies provide tougher challenges but greater rewards, so fight them at greater risk of ending your run early. Question mark rooms can either be helpful or harmful and can sometimes make or break a run. “Just one more run” is all over this game because of how addictive it becomes trying to achieve that perfect deck.

Why It’s Important To Me:

At what point does “hours played” simply make it so a game has to be in the top 100? Because my Switch tells me I’ve put over 300 hours into Slay the Spire, more than any other game on that console (and anything on Steam – the only competitor I can think of may be Overwatch from when I was playing it every night early in its release). It is the perfect Switch game for me, so much that other games on the platform keep getting overshadowed by it. I can do a run while I’m watching TV with my girlfriend, I can do a run while I’m in bed getting ready to go to sleep, I can do a run while I’m watching a podcast stream. The pick-up and put-down nature of the turn-based card combat makes it easy to be the default choice of “what to play if I’m not sure how much time I’ll be able to invest in it.”

It’s also just too damn addicting to try and build perfect decks. I got into board games fully because of a deckbuilding game called Dominion, so I’ve always had a soft spot for the deckbuilding genre. Slay the Spire puts that into video game form almost perfectly, giving me a single-player outlet when I can’t play board games with friends socially. There isn’t much of a story here – just pure gameplay – and it excels. Several games since have tried to capture the same magic of Slay the Spire but nothing else quite lives up to it for me.

My Strongest Memory:

The first time I beat the Heart. I did it with the Defect, the character I’m the best with and enjoy playing the most.  It was such a fucking adrenaline boost to finally conquer the Heart after being bested by it so many times. It’s the secret final boss of the game – once you’ve beaten the first three Acts with all three of the starting characters, you unlock the ability to access a fourth and final Act, where the Heart of the Spire waits. And you can have a good deck that gets to that Act. But the Heart is merciless and one of the toughest challenges in any game. It throws everything at you immediately and never lets up, so you have to prepare for it from card one, floor one, if you want to have success.

And God does it feel good when you conquer it. Just recently, right near the 300 hour mark, I finally beat the Heart with all four characters. Defect was first, then Ironclad, then Silent, and finally the DLC addition Watcher (it’s free btw!). And the exhilaration of having defeated the Heart with all four characters – showing I have a decent mastery of the game and a definite improvement in skill at it – is one of my proudest accomplishments in gaming.

Why It’s #31:

I’m not a top-tier Slay the Spire player yet – I’m only at Ascension Level 12, 11, 16, and 13 for Ironclad, Silent, Defect, and Watcher respectively, but every night I’m usually grinding out at least one or two runs. And I don’t see myself stopping any time soon, which is unbelievable considering how much time I’ve already put into the game. When a game is this high quality and this addictive despite having minimal story, it has to be high on the top 100. There’s just no question that Slay the Spire is a top tier 100/10 video game.

Episode 60 – God of Architecture

It’s Friday! There’s a lot of weird stuff going down in the world, but here’s a new Make Me A Gamer episode for your listening pleasure! Take your mind off the craziness out there and listen to TMan and HarveyZ wax not-so-poetic about video games!

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Nintendo vs. Sega

What We’re Playing: Children of Morta, Slay the Spire, Shovel Knight: King of Cards, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Words with Friends 2

Special Segment: Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Review

Countdown Cauldron: #90 – Helldivers

 

Gamer Trivia Round #3

(This episode was recorded on February 20, 2020.)

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Link to Helldivers Let’s Play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI6C0JFwqVw

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Episode 53 – TMan’s T-Plans For Life

We’re closing in on the end of the year! This is probably the final regular Make Me A Gamer podcast of 2019, please enjoy our special brand of insanity!

This Week On Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Sweet vs. Savory

Main Course #1: PAX Unplugged Post-Mortem; Gaming News (I Am Jesus Christ, MLB The Show going multi-platform, new Bioshock in development)

Make Me A Gamer Minute: ‘Splosion Man

Main Course #2: Children of Morta & Slay the Spire

TMan’s Game of the Week: Slay the Spire

(This episode was recorded on December 12, 2019.)

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Episode 38 – Pokemon Poop & Pee

HOLY CRAP WE’RE BACK! After a long hiatus, Make Me A Gamer Season 2 starts right now! SURPRISE!

This Week on Make Me A Gamer

Harvey Z Snaps: Board Games vs. Video Games

Main Course: Gamer Girl bath water, Switch Lite, Slay the Spire, Cadence of Hyrule and other games for the Switch, Mortal Kombat 11, Overcooked 2, and more!

TMan’s Game of the Week: Teamfight Tactics

(This episode was recorded July 11th, 2019.)

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